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The Abreu Trust was created by May Abreu to honor her husband, Francis. Our mission is to strengthen the communities in which we live by supporting organizations that meet critical community needs in the areas of animal welfare, children’s and senior services, as well as those most at risk due to grave health issues and difficult social circumstances. We focus on the geography in which the Abreus have lived and currently live – metropolitan Atlanta. We prioritize efforts that can best leverage our philanthropic dollars and that promote the legacy of our founders.

The May P. & Francis L. Abreu Charitable Trust was established under the will of May Patterson Abreu, as the Francis L. Abreu Charitable Trust, in honor of her husband, Francis, who died in 1969. Because May was a staunch supporter of philanthropy, the family added her to the trust title in 2002.


May P. Abreu was Atlanta’s first “Woman of the Year” in 1943, and was celebrated for her numerous charitable deeds. She not only gave to countless individuals, but her good will extended to organizations such as the Humane Society of Atlanta, the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia (formerly the Humane Society of Glynn County), Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta (formerly Saint Joseph’s Infirmary) and the American Red Cross.

Francis L. Abreu was a renowned architect who emphasized Spanish and Mediterranean influences in his architectural style. His influence can be seen in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, The Cloister on Sea Island, Georgia and multiple homes in south coastal Georgia. Playwright Eugene O’Neill lived in an Abreu-designed home.

The Abreu legacy continues, as the Abreu Charitable Trust benefits others by providing grants to arts and cultural programs, education, health associations, human services and children and youth services in the metro Atlanta area. Forms of support include capital campaigns, program development, seed money and matching funds. The foundation does not approve requests for operating or grants to individuals.


The Foundation has new Grantmkaing Guidelines and Application Procedures.